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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

R.I.P KEN HUDSON

poet and friend who died yesterday in his chair at home.


Ken - call me when you get there.
Call me collect, if needs be.
Just want to hear how things are -
and, basically, where and when things are
without time and space.
Not much imagery to inspire you and
your metronome is silent by your guitar.
No time for poetry there, I guess.
Well, one good thing: you didn't splutter
into silence like a candle with a burnt-out wick.
May I wish for you as I always have
printer's ink for your crafted words.

Monday, June 29, 2015

haiga

 
haloed moon
tonight my eye
sees itself
 
 
Jane Williams

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Applications open: Chief Executive Officer

Australian Poetry believes in the power of words. Australian Poetry is the national body for poetry, dedicated to promoting Australian poets and their work, while encouraging the poetic imagination of greater numbers of Australians.
This role is an exciting opportunity for a leader with vision, enthusiasm, imagination and advocacy skill to develop inventive programs to promote Australian poetry and its poets to national and international audiences.
Reporting to the Board, the CEO has a leading role in the preparation and implementation of Australian Poetry’s artistic, strategic, financial, and business plans, and in expanding our supporter base of funders, subscribers, donors, and benefactors.
For more information on Australian Poetry please refer to our website. To obtain a detailed position and person description please click here.
For further information contact: Peter Matthews, Chairman, Australian Poetry Limited at: chair@australianpoetry.org
Closing date: 5.00 pm, Monday, 6 July 2015

Motivation to Move!


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dutch city of Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional 'basic income'

 
The Dutch city of Utrecht will start an experiment which hopes to determine whether society works effectively with universal, unconditional income introduced.

The city has paired up with the local university to establish whether the concept of 'basic income' can work in real life, and plans to begin the experiment at the end of the summer holidays.

Basic income is a universal, unconditional form of payment to individuals, which covers their living costs. The concept is to allow people to choose to work more flexible hours in a less regimented society, allowing more time for care, volunteering and study.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/dutch-city-of-utrecht-to-experiment-with-a-universal-unconditional-income-10345595.html

NaNoWriMo Needs YOU!

NaNoWriMo



This region is in need of a Municipal Liaison for the 2015 NaNoWriMo season!
What does an ML do? Organizes local writing events, spreads the word about NaNo in your area, and gets to cheer on a group of novelists to the finish line. Think you might be interested? See this page for more information and a link to the application form.
Cheers,
NaNo HQ

Thursday, June 25, 2015

MWF Volunteers applications close Sunday

Melbourne Writers Festival. 20-30 August 2015
 

 


Box Office Volunteer applications close Sunday


Each year, the generosity of our volunteers helps make Melbourne Writers Festival awesome. It's a great way to get involved, plus all volunteers get free access to MWF events at Fed Square and will receive a Festival t-shirt.
There are only four days left to apply as a Box Office Volunteer, applications close this Sunday 28 June.
If working in the Box Office isn't what you're after, there are more positions to choose from! 
Show off your enthusiasm for MWF and ability to communicate in a friendly, calm and professional manner. Apply as a Venue Support Volunteer. Applications open Monday 6 July and close Sunday 2 August.
Rub shoulders with literary talent from around the world. Apply to join the Artist Transport team as a Volunteer Driver. Applications open Monday 6 July and close Sunday 26 July.
Questions? Go here for Volunteer FAQs.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Proust Quote

marcelproust

“Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists…”
 
Marcel Proust
 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

VOICEBOX JUNE in Freo - all welcome!

 
Join us for June Voicebox Fremantle. next Monday 29th June,
doors open 6:30pm, poetry starts at 7pm.

 Don't forget ... it's held at our spectacular new venue -
19 Blinco Street Fremantle.
Food available from the Blinco Street Cafe and ...
it's BYO only!

The Typewriter Project in New York


http://subconsciousofthecity.com/about/?nl=nyregion&emc=edit_ur_20150622

The Typewriter Project, the brainchild of Stephanie Berger and Nicholas Adamski, is a program of The Poetry Society of New York, producers of The Poetry Brothel and The New York City Poetry Festival.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Applications invited: Australian Poetry Chief Executive Officer

Australian Poetry believes in the power of words. Australian Poetry is the national body for poetry, dedicated to promoting Australian poets and their work, while encouraging the poetic imagination of greater numbers of Australians.

This role is an exciting opportunity for a leader with vision, enthusiasm, imagination and advocacy skill to develop inventive programs to promote Australian poetry and its poets to national and international audiences.

Reporting to the Board, the CEO has a leading role in the preparation and implementation of Australian Poetry’s artistic, strategic, financial, and business plans, and in expanding our supporter base of funders, subscribers, donors, and benefactors.

For more information on Australian Poetry and to obtain a detailed position and person description please go to:
australianpoetry.org

For further information contact: Peter Matthews, Chairman, Australian Poetry Limited at: chair@australianpoetry.org

Closing date: 5.00 pm, Monday, 6 July 2015

  

Friday, June 19, 2015

It's Bongo Frenzy! It's a Beatnik Shindig - FRIDAY



It's the Beatnik Shindig next Friday - Jerry Cimino's ambitious gathering takes place in San Francisco.  For all the details of all the activities ("the largest Beat gathering in 20 years") go to BeatnikShindig.com.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

12 July, PEACE comes to Launceston


Ted Kooser' American Life in Poetry: STREWN by Barbara Crooker

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I love richly detailed descriptive poems, and this one by Barbara Crooker, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a good example of how vivid a picture a poem can offer to us. Her most recent book is Selected Poems, (Future Cycle Press, 2015).





Strewn

It’d been a long winter, rags of snow hanging on; then, at the end
of April, an icy nor’easter, powerful as a hurricane. But now
I’ve landed on the coast of Maine, visiting a friend who lives
two blocks from the ocean, and I can’t believe my luck,
out this mild morning, race-walking along the strand.
Every dog within fifty miles is off-leash, running
for the sheer dopey joy of it. No one’s in the water,
but walkers and shellers leave their tracks on the hardpack.
The flat sand shines as if varnished in a painting. Underfoot,
strewn, are broken bits and pieces, deep indigo mussels, whorls
of whelk, chips of purple and white wampum, hinges of quahog,
fragments of sand dollars. Nothing whole, everything
broken, washed up here, stranded. The light pours down, a rinse
of lemon on a cold plate. All of us, broken, some way
or other. All of us dazzling in the brilliant slanting light.



American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2015 by Barbara Crooker, “Strewn,” from More (C&R Press, 2010). Poem reprinted by permission of Barbara Crooker and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2015 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sun Princess and Her Deliverer


Poetry at the Dan - ANNA FORSYTH

 


SATURDAY JUNE 20th2pm - 5pm

Anna Forsyth & Open Mic

                                    
Bio - Anna Forsyth
Anna is a New-Zealand born writer and musician. For her day job, she writes and edits educational text books. Her first collection of poetry, A Tender Moment Between Strangers, was released in 2013 and her poems have appeared in several journals, including Landfall, FourW and n-Scribe. In 2012, she started Girls on Key, a bi-monthly music and poetry gig for women performers, raising funds for refugee girls to learn music. In her spare time, she performs music under the name Grace Pageant and has released an EP, Little Bonfire. When she grows up, she would like to be a flaneur (a wandering philosopher) in Paris.

 

Dan Poets, every Saturday, 2-5pm.
Free Entry
Includes open mic.

Rotating MCs Anne, Libby, Norman and Steve.


Dan O'Connell Hotel, 225 Canning St Carlton.


Licensed premises. Kids welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
 
 






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Saturday, June 13, 2015

RIP Allan Browne 1944 - 2015

 
A monster drummer and leader in Australian jazz, Allan Browne has bowed out.
 
from Wikipedia -

Allan Browne
Birth nameAllan Vincent Browne
Born(1944-07-28) 28 July 1944 (age 70)
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Drummer, Composer
InstrumentsDrums
Years active1960's - Present
LabelsJazzHead, Newmarket Music
Websitewww.allanbrowne.alphalink.com.au
Allan Browne (28 July 1944 – 13 June 2015) is an Australia jazz drummer and composer first known for his work in the The Red Onion Jazz Band in the 1960s.[1]

Life and career

Initially self-taught, Allan spent the 1960s establishing the The Red Onion Jazz Band internationally, along with close friends Brett Iggulden and Bill Howard. He led this group through three extended European tours (including appearances at the Polish and Hungarian Jazz Festivals) in 1967,1969 and 1994. From the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, after studying percussion with Graham Morgan, Allan worked extensively with Peter Gaudion, Geoff Kitchen, Ken Shroeder, Vince Jones, Barney Mc All, Steve Grant and Paul Grabowsky's Trio and Quintet. Simultaneously he led the contemporary jazz group Onaje, which was selected to represent Australia at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival in 1992. Also in demand as an accompanist, Allan has worked with over 35 International Jazz icons including Milt Jackson, Jay Mc Shann, Herb Ellis, Phil Woods, Al Cohn, Plas Johnson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Art Hodes, Barney Kessel, Urbie Green, Buddy Tate, Joe Newman, Mal.Waldren, Johnny Griffin, Scott Hamilton, Wild Bill Davidson, Urbie Green, Ronnie Scott, Charlie Bird, Ralph Sutton, Sheilah Jordan, Red Holloway, Emily Remla and Richie Cole.

read on at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Browne

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

$20,000 Prize Pool - Newcastle Poetry Prize

The Newcastle Poetry Prize 
is one of Australia's oldest & most distinguished literary prizes
~ celebrating 34 years in 2015
~ $20,000 prize pool awarded by the University of Newcastle 

Write
A poem, or suite of poems, up to 200 lines
Win
First prize: $12 000
Second prize: $5 000
Third prize: $1 000
Local Award: $500
Harri Jones Memorial Prize (for a poet <35 font="" years="">
Hunter Writers Centre members' award: $200
2015 Newcastle Poetry Prize Judges
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Robert Gray
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Judith Beveridge
I love the challenge of trying to find the right words and turn language into song. I write because writing tells me more than anything else does about the state of my imagination and inner life.  Judith Beveridge. Read the full article here

Nicholas Pounder 2015 Catalogue - READ ON


 
 
Artists Books. Assembly. Small Press Publications. Poetry. Dada. Letterisme. Signed & Inscribed Books. Association Copies. Maurice Lemaitre. Isidore Isou. John Forbes. Ken Bolton. Pam Brown. William Burroughs. Concrete Poetry. Visual Poetics. Fluxus.
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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

VLAK 5 _ Sydney Reading

 
VLAK 5 gets closes out its DOWNUNDER tour in SYDNEY at the Woolley Building (Sydney University), 6pm, featuring readings by Kate Lilley, Pam Brown, John Tranter, Cecilia White, Peter Minter, Carol Jenkins, Louis Armand, Toby Fitch & more TBC.
 
12 August 2015
6pm
John Wooley Building
University of Sydney
 
 
 
 
 


The event is free & open to everyone. There will be limited copies of VLAK available, so don't miss out! 664 pages of far-out, mind-blowing writing & visual art from around the world. There's nothing else like it.

http://www.vlakmagazine.com/
 
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Contributors: Marina Abramović, Seth Abramson, Bruno Adams, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Gwendolyn Albert, Ali Alizadeh, Ian Almond, Bjarte Alvestad, Robert Archambeau, Louis Armand, Marc Atkins, Tim Atkins, Zbyněk Baladrán, Stephanie Barber, Charles Bernstein, Felix Bernstein, Edmund Berrigan, Johannes Birringer, Vít Bohal, Ken Bolton, Amaranth Borsuk, Nicole Brossard, Pam Brown, Finn Brunton, Justin Bryant, Pascalle Burton, David Buuck, Robert Carrithers, Sean Carswell, Jim Chaffee, Abigail Child, Adrian Clarke, Wayne Clements, Tim Conley, Clark Coolidge, Vincent Dachy, Steve Dalachinsky, Ailbhe Darcy, James Davies, Jeremy M. Davies, Mark Paul Divo, Johanna Drucker, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Lori Emerson, Vadim Erent, Vincent Farnsworth, Michael Farrell, Nathaniel Farrell, Allen Fisher, Toby Fitch, SJ Fowler, Ulli Freer, Chris Funkhouser, Thor Garcia, Miranda Gavin, Nada Gordon, Helen Grace, Stephanie Gray, Lisa Gye, Catherine Hales, Matt Hall, Alan Halsey, Robert Hampson, Philip Hammial, Susan Hawthorne, Ian Hays, Yasmin Heisler, Lyn Hejinian, Matt Hetherington, Jeff Hilson, Bob Holman, Jana Horáková, DJ Huppatz, Paul Ingram, Mark W. Jacobs, Peter Jaegger, Harold Jaffe, Carol Jenkins, Gareth Jenkins, Tom Jenks, Travis Jeppesen, Doug Jones, Keith Jones, Pierre Joris, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Trevor Joyce, Justin Katko, Vincent Katz, John Kinsella, Virginia Konchan, Alena Kotzmannová, Zsolt Láng, Hank Lazer, Jane Lewty, Manuel P. Lopez, Niall Lucy, Anna Macdonald, Jan Macháček, Richard Makin, Jane Malcolm, Sophie Malleret, Adrian Martin, Aidan McCardle, Anthony Mellors, Erika Mikkalo, Drew Milne, Nick Montfort, Sarah Moriarty, Ian Morris, Bill Mousoulis, Vicky Mousoulis, Ken Nash, Jeroen Nieuwland, Mette Norrie, Damien Ober, Andrew Oldham, Julian Oliver, Kirby Olson, Fábio Paiva, Holly Pester, Eva Ulrike Pirker, Vanessa Place, Rachelle Rahme, Kit Robinson, Nathan Roche, Jerome Rothenberg, Lou Rowan, Jim Ruland, Kaia Sand, Gordan Savičić, Larry Sawyer, Seekers of Lice, Daniella Seel, Phil Shoenfelt, Lucie Skřivánková, Adrian Slatcher, Linus Slug the Younger, Philippe Sollers, Alan Sondheim, Jasper Spoelstra, Brian Kim Stefans, Lesley Stern, Stephanie Strickland, Holly Tavel, Sonny Rae Tempest, Philip Terry, Lotto Thiessen, Darren Tofts, Jáchym Topol, Adam Trachtman, John Tranter, Matt Trease, Lawrence Upton, Danja Vasiliev, David Vichnar, Ann Vickery, Divya Victor, Melchior Vischer, Mark Waldron, Corey Wakeling, Lewis Warsh, Marjorie Welish, Elaine Whittaker, D. Harlan Wilson, Kyoko Yoshida, Ali Znaidi.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Australian Radio National HIGHLIGHTS COMING UP

Editors' Picks
Editors' Pick 1Earshot: Rilke in Ronda
In late 1912, German poet Rainer Maria Rilke had a titanic case of writer's block. Unable to find poetic inspiration, he left his home in Paris and travelled to Ronda, a spectacular town in the mountains of Andalusia. Trace Rilke's steps more than 100 years later.
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Popular 2RN Afternoons: Michael Leunig on life, art and vaccinations
RN Afternoons speaks to one of the most polarising, peculiar, philosophical figures of Australian art, Michael Leunig — an Australian living treasure and the subject of recent intense public critique.
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